Roc’n Out In Russia

Roc Truman had an experience of a life-time competing with Team AJHL in the Junior Club World Cup held in Sochi, Russia this summer.

After a season-ending injury sidelined Truman in the Dragons playoff series against the Canmore Eagles just a few months prior, the Lethbridge Alta. native had to put in additional effort to be ready for Russia. His play throughout the duration of his rookie season (2018-19) was a big contributor to the selection of Truman. He put up 24 goals, 17 assists and 41 points in his first year in 2018-19 and was a nominee for the AJHL Rookie of the Year.

Roc Truman. Photo courtesy AJHL.

Traveling to Russia was an inherent adjustment for the 18-year-old. Truman was now playing on an international stage, in a different country, against teams that enliven the spirit of international hockey competition. It was something, Truman mentioned, that he really enjoyed.

“The rivalry against Russia definitely felt like a Canada-Russia game, even though we were representing the (AJHL),” explains Truman. “It was really good hockey, Olympic size ice so we had to adjust to that, but it was really fun in general.”

Team AJHL skated their way to a silver medal finish, and according to Truman, it was due in a large part to the ability to build team chemistry, almost right away.

“Our team in Russia bonded really quickly, we had great coaches, just a great group of guys.”

Truman, who is entering his second season with the Drumheller Dragons, notched two assists and was plus-2 for the tournament. He is committed to U-MASS LOWELL (NCAA Div.1) in 2021-2022.